We have reviewed some incredible spaces for children on Babyology and I would like to think that there is a bit of healthy competition amongst architects to see who can out-amaze, out-fun and out-thrill their littlest clients.
Designer extraordinaire Mathieu Lehanneur, has created some very special spaces for children and teens at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Centre Pompidou is more than a traditional museum – described as an ‘original cultural institution devoted to modern and contemporary art’, it houses installations as well as theatre, music, movies, books and more. An important part of the Centre’s program is workshops for children, designed to introduce kids to different artistic techniques and the world of artists. Learning about art is best done in a stunning space and Lehanneur was entrusted with the job of creating those spaces at the Centre this year.
For children aged two to twelve years, the L’Atelier des enfants offers workshop areas and a large multipurpose space designed to host any number of activities from installations through to dancing. Rounded corners, floors and walls that blend seamlessly, spaces that are a ‘blank canvas’, alcoves for resting and a simple but bold palette mark the area.
For teenagers, Studio 13/16 provides a large workshop space with endless possibilities. Although it features the same ‘blank canvas’ approach as the L’Atelier des enfants, Studio 13/16 has appealing industrial elements and age-appropriate ‘chill-out’ zones. The space was inspired by teenagers’ familiarity with media and technology and fittingly the lounge area is studded with iPod docks. The pictures below show the space in action.
If Lehanneur’s name sounds familiar, you may recall his superb Andrea Air Purifier that we featured here last year.